May 31, 2006

Sentence Convicted Killer

She was a nice person. She was the mother of four children and worked two jobs. She didn't deserve anything like this.

That was the message Catherine Worthington's family gave to Judge Barbara Kahn in court last week during the sentencing of convicted murderer Steven A. Williams. Ultimately the judge gave him 18 years to life. He had waived all rights to appeal.

On the morning of August 23, 2005 Worthington's body was found in a wooded area off Elton Street in Riverhead. The East Main Street resident had been slashed and stabbed, her blood soaking the woods surrounding her corpse.

Williams, 33 at the time of his arrest, and described as "undomiciled," was seen leaving the neighborhood on the morning of the killing, a pair of bloody shoes in his arms. A graduate of Riverhead High School, Williams was described by cops as a crack addict. He confessed to the killing and was arrested on August 25.

Following his arrest Williams said he ran into Worthington on the street and she offered him oral sex in exchange for crack cocaine. He provided the crack, but she declined to perform her end of the bargain. In his confession, Williams said, "She started leaving. I slashed her and continued stabbing her until she stopped screaming." Area residents told police they'd heard the screams.

Williams boasted the street name "Bad News," and sports a tattoo bearing the handle. With an arrest jacket that spans over a decade with crimes running the gamut from shoplifting to threatening a homeowner with a box cutter during a burglary, Williams was clearly an example of escalating offenses. His crimes reached their pinnacle with Worthington's murder. On April 25, he pled guilty to second-degree murder.

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